Ranchi: Three men hired for repairing floodlights at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi died on Wednesday afternoon after falling off a maintenance trolley 40 feet high.
Eyewitness accounts said Shehzad, Iftekar and Alim, who were fitting lights at one of the 40,000 capacity stadium’s six light towers around 3:30 pm, sustained severe injuries after the trolley’s (mounted to a crane) cable snapped and resulted in a 40 feet fall. The injured were rushed with injuries to head, neck and fractures to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims), where doctors pronounced them dead. All the deceased were residents of Ranchi.
Subodh Srivastava, officer in charge of Dhurwa police station, said primary investigation suggested that there was a snapping of the cable. Further details could not be ascertained at this time, he said. While no official statement was issued by Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) till late evening, office-bearers on anonymity blamed the incident on possible overloading of the trolley and passed the buck of safety measures to a New Delhi based company that is in charge of maintaining the stadium’s six flood light towers. Media personnel were blocked at the entrance of the stadium after news of the incident broke out in the evening.
The death of three men, which has raised questions on the stadium authority’s attention to safety measures, comes little over a month before India’s ODI face off against New Zealand on October 23. The 2013 made stadium is also slated to host a Test match between India and Australia in February next year.